Environment

18.08.2017

A new study on greenhouse gas emissions created by mangrove deforestation and conversion into pasture and aquaculture ponds might make one think twice about ordering a shrimp cocktail or a steak in future. more

Climate change

11.08.2017

In the past, climate scientists have tended to underestimate the risk of a co-occurrence of heatwave and drought. This is the conclusion of one of the first studies by scientists at ETH Zürich examining compound climate extremes.more

Agriculture

04.08.2017

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) launched a new online weather database which will provide access to daily weather records owned or distributed by AfricaRice and can be freely accessed.more

ICT

28.07.2017

Research scientists from the Technische Universität Wien, Austria, have developed an early warning system enabling them to analyse satellite data and measure the humidity of the cropland. Should humidity drop below a given level...more

A composite of satellite images of East Kalimantan taken in 1996, 2007, and 2010 The red areas have largely changed from mangrove forest in 1996 to aquaculture by 2007. <br/> Photo: GMW
Fisheries

21.07.2017

Expanding aquaculture in South-East Asia over the last two decades has been the main driver of mangrove loss in the world, says a study by Global Magrove Watch.more

Fires are currently the most significant disruptive factor in many forests around the world. <br/> Photo: © Can Stock Photo / thanasus
Forestry

14.07.2017

Droughts, fires and wind as well as insects and fungal attacks: all of them result in stress for the forests of the Earth – and they are all influenced by climate change. A study by an international research team shows that...more

SENTINEL-3 is an ocean and land mission composed of three versatile satellites (SENTINEL-3A, SENTINEL-3B and SENTINEL-3C). <br/> Photo: © European Space Agency (ESA)
Technology

07.07.2017

Tropical peatlands are notoriously difficult to map and monitor on the ground. Satellites can help map and monitor critical peat landscapes.more

Indonesia is still the holder of the deepest peat areas. Here on the island of Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia. <br/> Photo: Nanang Sujana/CIFOR
Wetlands

01.07.2017

Tropical countries are home to three times as much peat as previously thought, exposing new possibilities and challenges for tackling climate change – according to new research at the Center for International Forestry Research...more

Ocean

23.06.2017

At the United Nations’ Ocean Conference, researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and their colleagues from partner institutes presented a new report which examines the role of regional marine...more

Plant breeding

16.06.2017

Through a natural, affordable alternative to farmers’ heavy use of nitrogen fertilisers, science now offers an option to boost crop productivity and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, say international scientists.more

Food security

09.06.2017

New research findings and policy challenges related to global agri-food system transformation were discussed at the 3rd GlobalFood Symposium at the University of Göttingen.more

Plant protection

02.06.2017

A protein-based fruit fly bait to attract and kill pests is boosting incomes for fruit and vegetable farmers in Kenya. Tested in fields across Africa, the product is helping to overcome yield losses and costs 70 per cent less...more

Health

26.05.2017

Developing new drugs only makes sense for pharmaceutical corporations if they can later on recapture the high development costs via sales. This is one of the reasons why there is still a large imbalance between the availability...more

Technology

19.05.2017

A project that started in 2012 is helping smallholders in 17 African nations obtain reliable and accurate weather data  to increase crop yields.more

Technology

12.05.2017

Farmers in West Africa could increase their rice yields by using a smartphone app – “riceadvice” – developed by the Africa Rice Center. The app mainly offers tailor-made recommendations for efficient mineral fertiliser use.more

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